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Yorkshire Baroque Soloists

Yorkshire Baroque Soloists

Yorkshire Baroque Soloists (YBS) was formed in 1973 by Peter Seymour to perform a repertoire from the 17th and 18th centuries for forces ranging from chamber to orchestral size. The group has performed and recorded in most European countries and forms the basis of the baroque and classical parts of York Early Music Festival.

Much of the orchestra’s work has been with Yorkshire Bach Choir and recent performances have included Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, Mozart’s Requiem and C Minor Mass, Cantatas for the Feast of St Michael by Bach and Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610. Commercially released recordings have included Bach’s Motets (Carlton); A Festal Mass at the Imperial Court in Vienna, 1648 (Carlton); Mozart’s Requiem; Psalms and Motets by Tomás Luis de Victoria; Monteverdi – Vespro Della Beata Vergine; Bach Family Motets. In 2010 YBS recorded Bach St John Passion and B minor Mass for Signum Records.

YBS performed a programme for Channel 4 about Bach’s work in Leipzig in which, amongst other compositions, they performed Bach’s Ascension Oratorio. In recent York Early Music Festivals BBC and WDR have recorded the group’s performances of Handel’s Semele, Alexander’s Feast, Israel in Egypt, Bach’s Cantatas for the Feast of St Michael, Purcell’s Come ye Sons of Art, The Yorkshire Feast Song, Blow’s Welcome every guest (edited by Peter Seymour), Clarke’s Music on the Death of Henry Purcell, Haydn’s Theresienmesse, Mozart’s Requiem, Purcell’s Dioclesian and a psalm sequence of music by Charpentier. Additionally, there have been recordings of Schütz (St John Passion, Seven Last Words, Resurrection History) and some new editions (also by Peter Seymour) of biblical narratives by Purcell and Blow.

YBS recently performed Purcell’s Fairy Queen and in Festival Mitte Europa (in Germany and Czech Republic) and Dido & Aeneas, Blow’s Ode on the Death of Mr Henry Purcell and Daniel Purcell’s Song on her Royal Highness’s Birthday (both edited by Peter Seymour) at Bach Leipzig Festival. In 2009, YBS presented a Purcell Day of three concerts in Merseburg Orgeltage and at Köthener Herbst performed a programme of music by Bach, Torelli and Handel from Bach’s library from his time at Köthen.